Release Date: November 9, 2018
Catalog #: RR7999
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Chamber
Clarinet
Piano
Trumpet

Many New Trails to Blaze

Jeffrey Boehm composer
Virginia Samuel composer
William Price composer
Chris Steele composer
Robert J. Bradshaw composer
Valentin Mihai Bogdan composer
Juan Maria Solare composer

The UAB Chamber Trio
Denise Gainey clarinet
James Zingara trumpet
Chris Steele piano

MANY NEW TRAILS TO BLAZE showcases three musicians in an intellectually driven, globally inspired set of compositions. Each work, from the genre-crossing Sonata for Three to the tonal balancing act in Flying Over Water, presses boundaries, and the three instruments work together to draw every ounce of potentiality from the notes.

Notable trumpet and cornet player James Zingara has performed around the globe and his album of trumpet recordings, Textures, is already a key member of the Ravello Records catalog. With his colleagues, pianist Chris Steele and clarinetist Denise Gainey, Zingara performs a collection of works that show off the virtuosity of each musician alongside intricate compositions. The album’s title says it all: as a new chamber group, the performers have many new paths to follow and pieces to learn, while they also have new music to uncover and expose to a world waiting for it. While blazing trails, the ensemble breaks down barriers, performing songs that are not quite jazz, not fully classical, and sampling tastes of Argentinian, Romanian, and other international locations.

The UAB Chamber Trio is blazing trails with their latest release. The modern world can present challenges to the contemporary classical composer and performer — this group, nonetheless, meets these challenges with open arms, forging their own path and making their mark on music history.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Sonata for 3: I. Jeffrey Boehm The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 5:45
02 Sonata for 3: II. Jeffrey Boehm The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 4:23
03 Sonata for 3: III. Jeffrey Boehm The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 3:54
04 Flying over Water: I. Virginia Samuel The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 2:23
05 Flying over Water: II. Virginia Samuel The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 3:48
06 Flying over Water: III. Virginia Samuel The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 2:35
07 I Don't Want to Dance (Dance-like) William Price The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 2:36
08 Suite No. 1: I. Moderate Chris Steele The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 2:53
09 Suite No. 1: II. Slow Chris Steele The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 3:31
10 Suite No. 1: III. Moderate Chris Steele The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 3:40
11 Crepuscular Rays Robert J. Bradshaw The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 4:04
12 City Scenes: I. Riffs Valentin Mihai Bogdan The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 3:35
13 City Scenes: II. After Midnight Valentin Mihai Bogdan The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 4:52
14 City Scenes: III. Zoom Valentin Mihai Bogdan The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 7:01
15 Sale con Fritas Juan Maria Solare The UAB Chamber Trio | James Zingara, trumpet; Denise Gainey, clarinet; Chris Steele, piano 2:55

Track 15 composed for the UAB Chamber Trio

All tracks recorded January – May 2018 at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hulsey Recital Hall, Birmingham AL

All tracks recorded, edited, and mixed by James Bevelle

Photographs of the UAB Chamber Trio provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham

The UAB Chamber Trio wishes to thank the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and the UAB Department of Music for support provided in the production of this album.

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Brandon MacNeil

Vice President, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Engineering Manager Lucas Paquette

Art Director Brett Picknell
Design Ryan Harrison

Publicity Scott Feldman, Patrick Niland

Artist Information

UAB Chamber Trio

Ensemble

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Chamber Trio consists of Dr. Denise Gainey, clarinet, Dr. James Zingara, trumpet and Dr. Christopher Steele, piano. The group was established in 2012 and has performed throughout Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia including appearances at the Alabama Music Educators Conference, the College Music Society Southern Region Conference, the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, the National Association of Composers USA Conference, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference. The title Many New Trails to Blaze has a double meaning; as an unusual chamber grouping with little available published works, the UAB Chamber Trio actively seeks out new music, many of which are featured on this recording. Secondly, the people and sports teams of the University of Alabama at Birmingham proudly carry the nickname Blazers, and the title is an acknowledgment of the support and positive creative environment provided by our university, college, and department.

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